Audio Roundup 2023:43

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

by Joel Rich

A 5 towns rabbi recently recounted a question asked of him in the sukka “Do you think that maybe like a jew in the 5 towns not the way God intended it, like we’re supposed to be like they are in Williamsburg or Geulah or something like that”. My comment: it seems to me many MOprax jews deep inside believe this (or why do they feel threatened by “the right”?) Interesting that the questioner seemed focused on religious practices but not the location (chutz laaretz).

I thought for many years about the Rambam and the requirements of knowledge for Sanhedrin. If I recall correctly, there are those who assume that the entire Sanhedrin had to have this knowledge amongst them. In any event, without getting into the discussion of current epistemology, I would just note that given the widespread availability of knowledge, to the extent poskim do not use the opportunity to gain such knowledge, it reduces the public’s confidence in them. For example, I have heard one authority who has said that the British and French withdrew support for Israel after the 1956 sinai campaign, because israel went to war without their knowledge. It’s hard for me, then to accept his authority on political issues

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter

The latest weekly digest is also available by clicking here.

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter